Wednesday, September 15, 2010
It has been over three years since I joined the leadership of the Dealing with Depression SparkTeam. To say that things have changed a lot in that time period is a huge understatement.
The team membership is well over 600,000 now, and rapidly climbing toward 700,000. When I joined I think that we numbered just a few thousand, and that seemed impressive at the time!
First Bob (POPEYETHETURTLE), then I (BLACKCOSMOCAT, DWDMOTHERHEN), and now Pam (WORKINGOUTWITHPAM) have had the role of Senior Moderator. When I joined the leadership consisted of only Bob and I, but now there are numerous leaders and former leaders who have served the team well. Volunteers all, they are an outstanding group of people, and I am proud and pleased to be in their company.
Maybe it has been a midlife crisis. Maybe it is simply the season for something new. Maybe it is destiny, but I have begun to pursue the writing career that I have dreamed of all my life, and that means it is time for me to leave my position as co-moderator with DwD.
I will pop in from time to time, but in order to give my aspirations a real chance, I need to concentrate more on writing pieces for publication. I have sold my first two pieces, which is an encouraging start, but I still have a long way to go.
Please check out my blogs to see some of what I am up to these days!
(my blog about depression) and
(a humorous blog by a typing chicken with an attitude!)
I would not have had the courage to set out on this adventure without the support of so many of you who have encouraged me and sent appreciate notes about my posts. Thank you so much for being my friends!
It is time for Mother Hen to spread her wings -- let's hope she can get off the ground!
My best wishes and fondest regards to you all,
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
After two years as the Senior Moderator of Dealing with Depression, I have come to the decision that it is time for me to officially step down. I will continue to be a co-moderator for the team, but I need to pursue some long-term goals and seek some balance in my life.
I am thrilled that PAM (WORKOUTWITHPAM) has agreed to assume the Senior Moderator position, as she brings tremendous ability as an administrator, as well as being such a solid team player. She has been basically running the show througout the past five months while personal matters interfered with my participation in DwD, and has done a magnificant job!
The team has grown so much since I first stepped into POPEYE's king-sized shoes, and it has been a priveledge to be involved in building DwD into a SparkTeam over a half a million members strong!
Thank you to all the amazing DwD leaders for supporing and encouraging me during my tenure as SM, and to all the team members who have been so generous with all the compliments and goodies that kept me going for the past two years!
Love to all,
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
I lost my son almost six years ago at age 21, a devestating experience that will affect me always.
In the last five months, we (my DH and I )have had four family funerals, for three of which we were in charge of making arrangements, and we also were involved in three seperate 24/7 vigils at the hospital, one of which lasted two weeks. All of the hospital stays and funerals were out of town.
My parents died of strokes this summer 25 days apart. My father had dementia, so it was easier to let him go, but my mom's death was rather a shock.
I am doing okay, but it has been an exhausting period of time, physically and emotionally.
I hope this trend doesn't continue, but my DH has an aunt who seems to be extremely frail, and she has no children, so the family will have to get involved once again.
There will be four empty places at my family's Christmas table, the same as it was at Thanksgiving, since my DD will be away again. I am not looking forward to my side's family Christmas.
Now I need to come up with the energy to clean and decorate for Christmas. Since I have fibromyalgia, this will be that much more of an effort, but it will probably be a good idea for me emotionally to make the place look nice.
Sunday, January 13, 2008
I cannot believe that I have neglected to read the posts on my SparkPage for so long! As of today, Sunday, January 13th, 2008, there were TEN pages of comments that I had not seen until today.
I just want to apologize to those of you that I have not responded to--I will try now to get back to as many of you that required a response as soon as I can.
To all those who have written me wonderfully kind words of encouragement and appreciation, I thank you from the bottom of my heart! God bless you all for your support!
I am so fortunate to have my amazing SP family, and so grateful that you are all so good to me!
Saturday, February 10, 2007
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Verne, Jules Grade 4 - 8
A Cricket in Times Square Selden, George Ages 9 - 12
A Day No Pigs Would Die Peck, Richard Ages 12 -15
A Light in the Attic Silverstein, Shel Ages 9 - 12
A Little Princess Burnett, Frances H. Ages 9 - 12
A Long Way From Chicago Peck, Richard Grade 4 - 8
A Series of Unfortunate Events Snickett, Lemony Ages 9 - 12
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Smith, Betty Ages 10 and older
A Wrinkle in Time L'Engle, Madeleine Ages 9 - 12
A Year Down Yonder Peck, Richard Ages 9 - 12
Airs Above the Ground Stewart, Mary Young Adult
Alice's Adventures in WonderlandCarroll, Lewis Ages 9 - 12
All-of-a Kind Family Taylor, Sydney Ages 9 - 12
Anne of Green Gables Montgomery, L. M. Ages 9 - 12
Anything Lynch, Chris Young Adult
Anything Sones, Sonya Young Adult
Anything Hautman, Pete Young Adult
Anything Westerfield, Scott Young Adult
Anything Stroud, Jonathan Young Adult
Anything Wittlinger, Ellen Young Adult
Anything Sanchez, Alex Young Adult
Anything Mackler, Carolyn Young Adult
Anything Creech, Sharon Middle Grades
Anything Lubar, David Middle Grades
Anything Osbourne, Mary Pope Ages 4 - 8
Anything Cabot, Meg Young Adult
Anything Seuss, Dr. Picturebook
Anything Shan, Darren Ages 9 - 12
Are You My Mother? Eastman, P. D. Baby - Preschool
Are You There God, It's Me... Blume, Judy Ages 9 - 12
Artemis Fowl Colfer, Eoin Young Adult
Babysitter's Club Series Martin, Ann M. Ages 8 and older
Ballet Shoes Streatfeild, Noel Ages 9 - 12
Betsy-Tacy-Tib Treasury Lovelace, Margaret H. Ages 9 - 12
Blubber Blume, Judy Ages 9 - 12
Boxcar Children Warner, G. C. Ages 9 - 12
Charlie & the Chocolate Factory Dahl, Roald Ages 9 - 12
Charlotte's Web White, E. B. Ages 9 - 12
Cherry Ames Series Wells, Helen Ages 9 - 12
Cloudy With A Chance/Meatballs Barrett, Judi Ages 4 - 8
Corduroy Freeman, Don Baby - Preschool
Curious George/Hospital Rey, H. A. Ages 4 - 8
Dancing Shoes Streatfeild, Noel Ages 9 - 12
Dawn Rochelle: Four Novels McDaniel, Lurlene Ages 9 - 12
Diary of a Young Girl Frank, Anne Ages 10 and older
Don Quixote: Man of La Mancha De Cervantes, Miguel Picture Book
Duck and Goose Hills, Tad Preschool - Gr 2
Emily of New Moon Montgomery, L. M. Ages 9 - 12
Encyclopedia Brown Sobol, Donald J. Ages 9 - 12
Eragon Paolini, Christopher Ages 10 - 14
Franklin In The Dark Bourgeois, Paulette Preschool - Age 8
From the Mixed Up Files... Konigsburg, E. L. Ages 9 - 12
Gone-Away Lake Enright, Elizabeth Ages 9 - 12
Great Expectations Dickens, Charles Young Adult
Green Eggs and Ham Seuss, Dr. Ages 4 - 8
Hank the Cowdog series Erickson, John All Ages
Hardy Boys Series Dixon, Franklin Ages 9 - 12
Harriet The Spy Fitzhugh, Louise Ages 9 - 12
Harry Potter Series Rowling, J. K. Ages 10 and older
Hatchet Paulsen, Gary Ages 9 - 12
Heidi Spyri, Joanna Ages 9 - 12
Here Lies The Librarian Peck, Richard Ages 9 - 12
Honestly Katie John Calhoun, Mary Ages 4 - 8
Horton Hears A Who Seuss, Dr. Ages 4 - 8
How The Grinch Stole Christmas Seuss, Dr. Ages 4 - 8
How To Eat Fried Worms Rockwell, Thomas Ages 9 - 12
Howl's Magic Castle Wynne Jones, Diana Grade 6 and Up
Interstellar Pig Sleator, William Young Adult
Island of the Blue Dolphins O'Dell, Scott Ages 9 - 12
James and the Giant Peach Dahl, Roald Ages 9 - 12
Jennifer,Hecate,W.McKinley& Me Konigsburg, E. L. Middle Grades
John, Paul, George & Ben Smith, Lane Ages 4 - 8
Judy Bolton Mysteries Sutton, Margaret Ages 9 - 12
Just as Long as We're Together Blume, Judy Ages 9 - 12
Kay Tracey Series Judd, Frances K. Out of Print
Library Lion Knudson, Michelle Picture Book
Life As We Knew It Pfeffer, Susan Beth Grade 6 - 8
Little House on the Prairie Wilder, Laura Ingalla Ages 9 - 12
Little Women Alcott, Louisa May Ages 9 - 12
Lord of the Rings Trilogy Tolkien, J. R. R. Young Adult
Magic Treehouse Series Osbourne, Mary Pope Ages 4 - 8
Make Way For Ducklings McCloskey, Robert Ages 4 - 8
Mercer Boys Series Wyckoff, Capwell
Mike Mulligan & His Steamshovel Burton, Virginia Lee Ages 4 - 8
Moon Plane McCarty, Peter Preschool - K
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh O'Brien, Robert C. Ages 9 - 12
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle MacDonald, Betty Ages 4 - 8
My Brother Michael Stewart, Mary Young Adult
My Father's Dragon Gannett, Ruth Stiles Ages 9 - 12
My Friend Flicka O'Hara, Mary Ages 9 - 12
My Side Of The Mountain George, Jean C. Ages 9 - 12
Nancy Drew Series Keene, Carolyn Ages 9 - 12
Narnia Series Lewis, C. S. Ages 9 - 12
Never Trust A Dead Man Vande Valde, Vivian Grade 6 - 9
Nurse Nancy Jackson, Kathryn Ages 4 - 8
Pride and Prejudice Austen, Jane Young Adult
Princess Smartypants Cole, Babette Picturebook
Ramona Series Cleary, Beverley Ages 6 -10
Rikki-Tikki-Tavi Kipling, Rudyard
Rivets and Sprockets Key, A.
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry Taylor, Mildred D. Ages 9 - 12
Running Out of Time Haddox, Margaret P. Ages 9 - 12
Sherlock Holmes Mysteries Doyle, Arthur Conan Young Adult
Singularity Sleator, William Young Adult
Sold McCormick, Patricia Grade 9 Up
Stranger With My Face Duncan, Lois Young Adult
Stuart Little White, E. B. Ages 9 - 12
Sue Barton, Student Nurse Boylston, Helen Dore
Summer of the Monkeys Rawls, Wilson Age 12 and Up
Superfudge Blume, Judy Grade 4
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing Blume, Judy Middle Grades
The Adventures/Wishing Chair Blyton, Enid Ages 4 - 8
The Bartimaeus Trilogy Stroud, Jonathan
The Black Stallion Farley, Walter Ages 9 - 12
The Blue Castle Montgomery, L. M. Age 9 and
The Book Thief Zusack, Marcus Grade 9 Up
The Boy Who Reversed Himself Sleator, William Ages 9 - 12
The Count of Monte Cristo Dumas, Alexandre Young Adult
The Cross and the Switchblade Wilkerson, David Young Adult
The Dark Is Rising Cooper, Susan Ages 9 - 12
The FabulousFamous Five Series Blyton, Enid
The Garden of Abdul Gasazi Van Allsburg, Chris Picturebook
The Giver Lowry, Lois Young Adult
The Great Brain Fitzgerald, John D. Ages 4 - 8
The Hiding Place Ten Boom, Corrie Young Adult
The Hobbit Tolkien, J. R. R. Young Adult
The House of the Scorpian Farmer, Nancy Young Adult
The Maggie B. Haas, Irene Ages 4 - 8
The Miraculous Journey/E.Tulane Dicamillo, Kate Grade 3 - 6
The Monster at the End... Stone, Jon Preschool - Gr 1
The Moomin Series Jannson, Tove
The Mouse and the Motorcycle Cleary, Beverley Ages 9 - 12
The Mystical Beast Farthing, Alison Ages 4 - 8
The Old Man and the Sea Hemingway, Ernest Young Adult
The Once and Future King White, T. H. Young Adult
The Outsiders Hinton, S. E. Young Adult
The Pendragon Series D.J McHale Young Adult
The Phantom Tollbooth Juster, Norton Ages 9 - 12
The Polar Express Van Allsburg, Chris Picturebook
The Pushcart War Merrill, Jan Ages 9 - 12
The Railway Children Nesbit, E.
The Secret Garden Burnett, Frances H. Ages 9 - 12
The Shivers in the Fridge Manushkin, Fran Preschool - Gr1
The Slime That Ate Crestview Malcolm, Jahnna N. Ages 9 - 12
The Supernaturalist Colfer, Eoin YA - Adult
The Sword of Shanara Trilogy Brooks, Terry Young Adult
The Tale of Despereaux Dicamillo, Kate Ages 9 - 12
The Tale of Peter Rabbit Potter, Beatrix Preschool - Gr 1
The Teacher's Funeral Peck, Richard Ages 9 and up
The Three Musketeers Dumas, Alexandre Young Adult
The Twinkie Squad Korman, Gordon Ages 9 - 12
The Velvet Room Snyder, Zilpha K. Ages 9 - 12
The Velveteen Rabbit Williams, Margery Ages 4 - 8
The Watsons Go To Birmingham Curtis, Christopher P Gr 6 - 9
The Wheel on the School De Jong, Meindert Ages 9 - 12
The Wish List Colfer, Eoin YA - Adult
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Baum, L. Frank Ages 9 - 12
The Wright 3 Balliet, Blue Ages 9 - 12
This Rough Magic Stewart, Mary Young Adult
Three Investigators Classics Arthur, Robert Ages 9 - 12
Through the Looking Glass Carroll, Lewis Ages 9 and up
Thunderhead Preston, Douglas Young Adult
To Kill A Mockingbird Lee, Harper YA - Adult
Toys Go Out Jenkins, Emily Middle Grades
Tree Wagon Lampman, Evelyn S. Out of Print
Trixie Belden Series Campbell, Julie Ages 4-8
Tuck Everlasting Babbitt, Natalie Middle Grades
Tuesdays With Morrie Albom, Mitch YA - Adult
Uglies Westerfield, Scott Young Adult
Watership Down Adams, Richard YA - Adult
Where the Red Fern Grows Rawls, Wilson Ages 9 - 12
Where the Sidewalk Ends Silverstein, Shel Ages 6 -10
Where The Wild Things Are Mayer, Mercer Picture Book
Yellow Star Roy, Jennifer R. Grade 5 - 9
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